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13 June, 2021
Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watchmaker with over 260 years of uninterrupted history. It was founded by Jean-Marc Vacheron, an independent watchmaker in Geneva, in 1755. His son Abraham took over the business in 1785 and then his grandson Jacques-Barthelemy in 1810, who partnered with the businessman, Francois Constantin, in 1819 to form the company, Vacheron Constantin.
The brand brings to life its impressive heritage with innovative technical innovations through its different collections. Its “Les Cabonitiers” department also offers watch connoisseurs the opportunity to acquire a bespoke timepiece.
The brand has been owned by the Compagnie Financière Richemont SA since 1997.
Five interesting facts about Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin is credited with producing the world’s most complicated pocket watch, the Reference 57260, that took three master watchmakers eight years to build and cost USD 8 million.
The brand registered the Maltese cross as part of its logo in 1880 to symbolize the quest for precision, although it was actually based on a vintage watch part of the same shape.
Historical figures who have worn a Vacheron Constantin timepiece: Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, King Edward VIII, and Harry Truman.
Vacheron Constantin is renowned for its love for unique case shapes and is credited as being the first to break away from the round watchcase.
Famous people spotted wearing Vacheron Constantin include Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Arnold Skarsgard and Carmelo Anthony, among others.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1755 Company status: Public limited company of the Richemont group Senior Management: Louis Ferla, CEO Number of employees: 1,200 Flagship collections:
– Egérie Bestsellers:
– Patrimony self-winding
– Overseas chronograph
– Egérie moon phase Retail prices in USD: From USD 12,000 to 94,000 (excluding exceptional pieces and limited editions) Annual production: Around 30,000 pieces